Our organization

Mission, vision, and values

Mission: The University of Arizona Libraries are enterprising partners in advancing the University's priorities. We cultivate an environment that promotes inquiry, creative endeavor, scholarly communication and lifelong learning. Our resources, services and expertise enrich the lives of Arizonans, and contribute to an expanding global academic community.

Vision: The Libraries are the intellectual crossroads of the University, enabling innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative endeavor.

Values: Our organization and employees identified five core values that we strive to incorporate into our work.

Graphic showing five values: diversity, continuous learning, innovation, collaboration, integrity


Strategic plan

Learn where our strategic plan is guiding us.

Organizational structure

The library is made up of nine departments and has over 200 employees. Library leadership groups consist of Dean’s Working Group (Dean, Vice Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, and Senior Information Resources Officer) and Cabinet (Dean’s Working Group members, department heads, and representatives from shared governance groups for library faculty and university/classified staff).

See our organizational chart and read about the history of our libraries.

Our impact in numbers


Number of libraries, including Special Collections


Employees (librarians, staff, student workers)
4,959 Reference questions answered


Technology items loaned


Books and articles borrowed from or loaned to other libraries

258,079 Total visits to the libraries
6,452,497 Searches on our website
8,644,529 Print volumes, electronic books and journals in our collection
2,576,419 Electronic articles accessed

Table caption: Data from FY 2020-2021 (FY 21)

FY 21 was the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and facility closures and disruptions to campus life had an overall significant impact on demand for Libraries services and resources. Want to learn more about our impact? Contact Tara Radniecki, Associate Dean.